Publisher: Random House
Genres: Literary Fiction
Publication Date: 8th March 2011
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.”
My Thoughts & Review
So, this is another one of those books that I wanted to read for ages and one that I brought on my Kindle and just simply forgot about it. But during a clear out on my Kindle I came across it and knew I had to read it as I had heard some great things about it back when I brought it.
This book is certainly a well written book, with detailed descriptions, but sadly by the end this book wasn’t for me. The more I read the more difficulty I had in understanding what was going on. While reading on I felt like I was missing some important points in the story. I seemed to be always wondering where the story was going. To me the plot felt disjointed and didn’t flow as well as it could have. The pacing was also a little all over the place for me.
As for the characters well, I really wanted to like them and really wanted know more about the relationship between Natalia and her grandfather but I felt like Obreht was withholding vital information, which was quite frustrating.
I really wanted to like this book, but honestly it was just very slow and disappointing read and just wasn’t for me.
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